Discriminated against by the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has fired all 122 of its unpaid volunteer docents because they happen to be mostly white.
Many of the volunteers—though not all—are older white women, who have the time and resources to devote so much free labor to the Museum [average length of service 15 years]. But the demographics of that group weren’t appealing to the AIC, and so, in late September, the AIC fired all of them, saying they’d be replaced by smaller number of hired volunteers workers who will be paid $25 an hour. That group will surely meet the envisioned diversity goals. [emphasis mine]
Let me translate the highlighted words more honestly and accurately:
The docents were mostly white, and we can’t have that! We must discriminate in favor of blacks and minorities, at all costs!
Note that the institute had made a sincere effort in recent years to encourage minorities to volunteer, all to no avail. The racial make-up of its docent volunteers was thus entirely voluntarily and natural. No discrimination was occurring. No one was excluding anyone, especially minorities. Minorities were either just not interested or did not have the spare time to volunteer.
No matter! The equal rights of whites no longer count.
More information can be found here, including the text of the docents’ letter to the institute and the full text of the letter Veronica Stein, the institute’s Woman’s Board Executive Director of Learning and Public Engagement, sent to the docents, firing them. This paragraph from her letter uses the typical modern academic buzz words to disguise the real reason she is firing these docents:
We have developed a three-year plan during which we will design, develop, and implement a new, sustainable program that is more closely aligned with our redefined mission, values, and identity. The museum aims to build a responsive, sustainable, and inclusive program that integrates the goals outlined in our strategic plan: to honor and embrace our civic role by investing in Chicago-area learners, educators, and creatives [sic] and to reinvigorate in-gallery learning programs to promote accessibility, equitable teaching approaches, and greater inclusion of visitors’ cultures. We aspire to cultivate lifelong visitors, prioritize the evolving needs of our Chicagoland communities, and serve as a model for peer institutions.
Let me translate again:
We must discriminate in favor of minorities and blacks, while rewriting art history to inflate the contribution of those minorities to western civilization. Above all, knowledge and the search for truth is unimportant and must be deemphasized in favor of identity politics where we treat different races differently, based on our own bigoted preferences.
I think a boycott of the Art Institute of Chicago would be appropriate, but I also do not expect this to happen in Chicago, a city that has blindly voted for Democrats and leftists for more than a century, no matter how corrupt those Democrats and leftists have been repeatedly proven to be.
Regardless, it might be worthwhile to let the institute know what you think of their bigotry. The options to contact it directly can be found here, though interestingly there is no digital way to contact them about this kind of policy decision. You need to write them a letter.
Or you could contact their press office at 312) 443-3363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure they would love to hear from the public.